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The public were given an inside look at the Mirrors Programme at an open house event at Global House in Hamilton.

Members of the public had the opportunity to speak with the Mirrors team, volunteers and participants of the youth coaching and mentoring programme.

Programme coordinator Kimberley Jackson said the event was a tremendous success, with a wide range of people visiting to learn more about Mirrors.

“Many were quite impressed by the level of programming offered,” she said. “They were not aware that we service every school level with three distinct programmes.

“Some organisations and Government Departments have asked for a presentation to share the information with their entre staff, in particular the summary of the outcomes data.”

She said the event was also enriching for staff and summer students involved in organising the open house.

“I was most impressed by the sharing from the past participants,” Ms Jackson said. “It’s always refreshing to hear their stories and where they are today as a result of their choice to transform their lives.

“The level of self-confidence and self-expression moves me every time I speak to a past participant.”

Since its inception in 2007, the programme has worked with more than 1,800 adults and 500 young people. Over the years many participants have said the programme has changed their life, given them a new understanding of life and made them feel better about themselves.

As of last November, 83 percent of past participants had either graduated from high school or were enrolled in educational programmes.

Opening the event, Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott said: “The Mirrors Programme has a commitment to strengthening our youth while transforming our community one person at a time.

“The organisation knows that to achieve its mission of unlocking the potential of the youth of Bermuda, adults from the community must play a key role. Mirrors’ volunteers take on a new way of thinking to support our youth and like the youth receive coaching to support them in realising their personal aspirations.

“Our volunteers’ time and effort are invaluable to the organisation and we would be unable to produce the kind of results that we have without them.”

Mr Scott also thanked the organisations that have supported the Mirrors Programme by donating goods and services. He said: “Your continuous support allows us to place more resources into programming, and your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated.”

In addition to Community Youth programme, offered to young people between 15 and 18 years old, Mirrors operates Coaching for Success, a programme designed for middle school students, and a Mentoring Programme at Victor Scott Primary School and Clearwater Middle School.

It also offers drop in services, diversion programming and develop training workshops for students upon the request of the school. Since September 2012, the organisation has provided specialised services to CedarBridge Academy and Dellwood Middle School.

Useful website: www.mirrors.bm.

Acting Premier Michael Dunkley, Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott (centre), Mirrors' Kimberley Jackson and students from past cohorts at the inauguration ceremony of the Mirrors Programme open house.
Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva and Assistant Commissioner Paul Wright speak with committed partner manager Jeanene Todd during the inauguration ceremony of the Mirrors Programme open house.

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Published June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 18, 2013 at 12:05 am)

Public given an insight into Mirrors

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